Today I celebrated my birthday, and like the title states, I’m now 35. I got some lovely gifts (beautiful bedding from my parents, a very cool infusion mug and a bunch of loose leaf herbal fruit teas from my Auntie Risa, a lovely card and $25 to spoil myself with from my Grampa and Grandma Joan, and a stylin’ size Pinkie Pie from my baby girl and my man), but more important was the time spent with those I love. My mom and dad bbq’d steaks – nice and dark the way I like ‘um – made salad, and baked potatoes… and the girlie and my dad even baked me a birthday cake. All in all it was a wonderful afternoon and evening. 🙂
And now for my gift to all of you!
To celebrate my birthday, I’ve arranged for discount codes from a few different artisans on Etsy. YAY!
Earlier this week a couple of packages arrived from two different vendors – each containing beautiful, hand-made, pride flower pins. The first to arrive was a pin from Dorothy. It’s a beautiful canvas pin that I am currently wearing on my purse while I test drive it for durability. And while I was concerned that it might be a little delicate to handle it, it survived being mauled by my daughter’s pre-k classmates as they all wanted to touch it’s petals and tell me which was their favourite colour.
I absolutely love this piece. I know the white in the center won’t stand up to the rugged wear I tend to dish out, but it is beautiful and well-made, just the same. Dorothy is offering all of you a coupon code worth 10% off anything in her etsy store. The code is TD2012 and it expires May 15th. You can find her lovely work at http://www.etsy.com/shop/dorothydesigns. And if you’re looking for this pin? You’ll find it listed as the Kanzashi Pride Boutonniere… which is basically “Fancy Nancy” for fabric flower pin. 😉
The second package to arrive came with an extra surprise. Peggie sent me TWO pins! One of which is her take on a Kanzashi pin – which will make it’s debut in her etsy shop in the next few days:
Peggie’s Kanzashi pride flower is a lot more heavy-duty and I know it could stand up to the rigors of daily wear on a backpack or diaper bag quite easily. It’s made out of felt, and can take some serious damage while still looking great! I love hand-made items, but it’s rare to find a piece that can take some punishment and come away looking just fine – and this one definitely can. It’s awesome! I’d have no problem popping this one on the kid’s bag and would trust it to last. Heck, it survived some mauling itself – and even got doused in water… and came through looking like I’d just taken it out of the package!
The second flower Peggie sent me ended up being a little bigger than I first thought it would be – but that only makes it all the more fun and bold! I love all the beading and hand-stitched accents too. And while it’s also a pin? I found myself clipping this one in my hair. With my super short locks it made quite the statement. 😉
Peggie is also generously offering you all a 20% discount on anything in her store (which includes some awesome, kitchy, felt panty designs too). Just use the code PEGPRIDE. You can find her at http://www.etsy.com/shop/PegPlush.
The last coupon code comes from Trish (who is also celebrating her birthday today). Now, I haven’t had a chance to handle her work myself, but based on her photographs I definitely like what I’ve seen. She’s a stained glass artist! Check out her work at http://www.etsy.com/shop/GlassMonkeyArts and enter the code TDBLOG15 to receive %15 off.
So… I’m 35. Everyone kinda made a fuss over the fact that I’m “old”… but I laughed and told them that 35 is the new 25, just like 50 is the new 40. Aging doesn’t scare me or bother me. It’s just proof that I’ve done my fair share of living, and I’m looking forward to continuing doing just that. 😉
Initially I planned to write about taking my FoodSafety course. I have my certificate from the CHEP leadership training, so now only need my FoodSafe certificate in order to lead a Collective Kitchen group. I took a quick pic of my notebook and some of my notes, and was all set to share. Then I got home.
Well… you couldn’t see it downtown (where I am taking the course) but once I was home, you couldn’t miss it. There was snow. Albeit a thin layer of it, but it is there. Shining white like diamonds in the moonlight. Shimmery, beautiful, new. Chances are it will be gone by noon tomorrow (thankfully), but that first bit of snow really is a pretty sight. A little touch of faery magick in the otherwise dreary and dark late Autumnal world. 🙂
So while I’ll be happy to have it melt away, the new snow still puts a touch of magick into an otherwise drab and boring night.
Well, life is back to normal… for a few days anyway. I’ve missed my daily posts. I’ve missed the reflection that comes with this time each day. I am very glad to be back where I feel I have the luxury of doing so again. 🙂 So, to welcome myself back to the blogosphere. I’m sharing a gift. Today, Lily-Ann gave me a flower.
One of the gifts of being a mom, are these small moments. These little appreciations. So I thought it was worth sharing. I really am very blessed. Things are rarely easy for us, but they are always good. Because when you surround yourself with people who love you, life is always good. 🙂
Take care of each other…. and if you have a spare moment, check out my new photography site. It’s at http://photography.tobi-dawne.com/